Film and TV Briefing: Friday 16 April 2021

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Welcome to this week’s round-up of news, commentary and industry announcements that you may have missed from the past week.

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In the news

Friends reunion: filming of special one-off show finishes in Los Angeles (BBC)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge to star alongside Harrison Ford in upcoming Indiana Jones film (Guardian)

Oscars 2021: BFI Southbank, confirmed as UK ‘hub’, to host local nominees as part of main ceremony (Variety)

David Beckham to return to east London football pitches for Disney+ production (BBC)

UK public keen to return to the cinemas (Film Distributors’ Association)

BritBox North America commissions Hugh Laurie adaptation of Agatha Christie mystery (Televisual)

BBC faces record number of complaints over coverage of Prince Philip’s death (Guardian)

Eurovision 2021: presenters and UK’s contestant revealed (Royal Television Society)

Baftas 2021: List of winners (Guardian)

Features and commentary

Will NFTs be part of the future of the film industry? (BAFTA)

What the closure of ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theaters represents (IndieWire)

RTS video roundtable: The impact of US investment on the UK TV production sector (Royal Television Society)

Industry announcements

Launch of new ‘Unscripted TV Skills Fund’ (PACT)

Costume Designers Guild Awards results (IndieWire)


Broadcast and Screen “Restart” virtual event (Broadcast)

BFI Covid-19 resources (BFI)

Legal Updates

PACT update on contracting talent for BBC Three (PACT)

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